Metal Fixed Braces

Metal fixed braces or ‘train tracks’ are the most well-known orthodontic appliance.

This brace consists of metal brackets that are glued to the teeth. A wire is then slotted through the brackets and secured with small elastic bands. These elastic bands can be a variety of colours and are what some people term ‘coloured braces.’

Lots of patients enjoy choosing their preferred colour and these can be changed at each adjust appointment. Depending on your treatment you will need to see the orthodontist every 6-8 weeks to have your braces adjusted. At these appointments your wires and elastic bands will be changed and the brace modified as required.


Components of a fixed brace:

METAL BANDS – these may be applied around your back teeth to help hold the arch wires in place. If required these may take 2 visits to place, as we have to create a gap between the teeth for them to fit, we do this by placing small elastic separators between the teeth for a few days.

ELASTIC BANDS – these may be fitted between certain teeth to help move the teeth.

Hooks on your wires or brackets – these maybe used to attach springs or elastics



Miniscrews/TADS these are little screws placed in the gum under local anaesthetic.

They act as anchor so that we can push or pull teeth from them.



‘The difference in my teeth is unbelievable. The Staff at Mulgrew’s are so nice and it’s such a lovely place to go in.’ Brooke (Age 14)

‘I am very happy with my new smile. I would describe it as phenomenal. Friends and family have seen a huge improvement. My teasing has stopped. I am very grateful and would recommend to anyone and everyone.’ William (Age 17)

Metal Fixed Braces
from £1100
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Metal braces are the only braces available on the NHS for both adults and children.

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